'Roger Federer did not want to risk getting injured', says top coach



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'Roger Federer did not want to risk getting injured', says top coach

Roland Garros 2021 has given many emotions, as well as having crowned Novak Djokovic for the second time in his career. The world number 1 reassembled Stefanos Tsitsipas two sets in the last act, confirming his exceptional physical and mental strength.

In the semifinals, the Serbian champion had inflicted on Rafael Nadal what was just his third ever defeat in the Parisian Grand Slam. Thanks to the triumph in the Ville Lumiere, Nole was brought within one length of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time Grand Slam standings.

He also became the first player in the Open Era to have won all four Majors at least twice. The 34-year-old from Belgrade has serious Grand Slam ambitions, as he will start with bookmakers at both Wimbledon and the US Open.

In a long interview published in 'Tennis Majors', his coach Goran Ivanisevic praised his protégé calling him a genius. The Croatian has also started to reflect on the Championships, which will start in less than two weeks.

Ivanisevic talks about Roger Federer

"He (Novak Djokovic) is a genius, a person who always strives to become better," Goran Ivanisevic said. "He will play at this level for as long as he wants – two, three, four years.

He is hungry for wins and records, and he is happy when he is on the court. He said that he is going to lighten his schedule even more next year, although I am not sure if he can play less than this," added the Croat. "He is playing because he loves the game and enjoys it.

For how long exactly, no one knows. There are a lot of things he does perfectly, you just cannot do it any better," said Ivanisevic. "That is when the difference in opinion occurs – ours as coaches’ and his (as a player).

He wants to do something better, different, but Marian (Vajda) and I do not agree. And then we start (talking): forehand, backhand, serve… I mean, even his return, which is the best of all time, and sometimes he even thinks he can do it better."

Ivanisevic declared Roger Federer made the right call as he had already achieved his main goal of gaining match practice. "I think Roger made a smart move in Paris," Ivanisevic said. "He tested his body, whipped himself into shape a bit, and got exactly what he wanted; three matches under his belt and then he did not want to risk getting injured. Wimbledon is his number one goal."